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The wine-like, red-kissed, rusty brown colour is described by Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute in New Jersey, as:”Hardy, robust, satisfying, fulfilling. At the same time there’s a certain glamour that’s attached to this colour,”

“It is nurturing, and earthy,” Eiseman added.

“But it is also gorgeous, luxurious, and sultry. There is a complexity to it that is fascinating.”

“It’s a colour that enriches our spirit,” said Eiseman, who used the word mindful to describe the color of the year. “But it also enriches our eye.”

Pantone’s yearly picks set the trend for colour in fashion, beauty, housewares and the home.

Marsala makes for a great bold matte lipstick, a vibrant nail polish or hair colour, a dramatic evening dress, or a lush wall tapestry.

Cosmetics giant Sephora already has planned a limited-edition collection of beauty products based on Pantone and its latest pick, Eiseman confirmed.

“This is not a kiddie colour or a lollipop shade,” Eiseman said.

“The undertones give the colour a changing quality and tell different stories.”

The other top 10 hues for Spring 2015 included royal blue, minty green, and custard yellow – making for a warmer, cosier colour palette than usual as the weather warms up.

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